Layered papers with floral theme

[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Layered papers with floral theme.

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[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Layered papers with floral theme. [1891.]

Medium-sized layered Valentine (15 x 9.5cm approx.), with pink and silvered paper overlaid with printed floral paper and third layer of silvered lace paper backed with red inserts; cut through design showing a motif: "From a fond heart faithful and true" with flower design; a nice example of the period, some light creasing to the lace paper, as is common, but with no loss; with 'Grace Southen from Eddie J. 1891' inscribed in pencil to rear.
Verse inside card reads:
"Sweet as a daisy,
And fair as a Star;
Dear as the dearest,
Of little maids are.
Fresh as the morning
And bright as the Sun;
You are of Maidens,
The loveliest one."
This card has no makers mark, but is typical of the sorts of exmaples being produced in America during the 1880s and 90s. Where Esther Howland had popularised lace, flower and colour papers, George Whitney introduced the idea of a verse inside the card, perhaps to make it easier for those searching for the right words for their sweethearts.